A comprehensive ethics reform proposal sponsored by Councilman Mike DeFusco was adopted by the City Council this week, ensuring that taxpayer money and resources will not be misused for personal or political gain. The ordinance, co-sponsored by Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, bars any public official from using the city’s Nixle alert system to promote a political agenda and creates additional oversight to prevent city employees from performing political campaigning activities during working hours.
“I’m thankful that the majority of my Council colleagues supported this common-sense proposal to protect Hoboken taxpayers and prevent the misuse of city resources for political gain, but I find it mystifying that Council members Doyle and Jabbour voted against it,” said Councilman DeFusco. “Hoboken residents deserve to know that city employees are spending their time doing the peoples’ work, not advancing their own political interests. This ordinance should have passed unanimously, and I find it troubling that anyone elected to represent our community would refuse to support it and instead act as an enabler for the chronic misuse of taxpayer resources that has plagued so many cities across our state for far too long.”